On 28 June 2016, Science and Engineering Services (SES), LLC delivered the first HH-60G PAVE HAWK helicopter to the U.S. Air Force in a ceremony conducted at the SES West Aviation Integration Facility. The HH-60G PAVE HAWK helicopter has a primary mission to conduct Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) to recover downed aircrew members and other isolated personnel in austere and hostile territory.
HH-60G PAVE HAWKS have been lost to combat, training, and civil rescue missions. To maintain CSAR capability, the short-term solution for the HH-60G is the Operational Loss Replacement (OLR) Program. The OLR program replaces lost aircraft and addresses the immediate need to maintain the operational availability of legacy HH-60Gs. The current approach is to receive UH-60Ls from the Army, then modify the UH-60Ls to the current Air Force HH-60G configuration; a major engineering, modification and integration effort.
SES is supporting the conversion of Army UH-60L helicopters to an Air Force HH-60G helicopter (L2G) through a program for the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Warner Robins AFB. L2G entails an aggressively planned, high-value program, including direction and oversight of multiple subcontractors. This effort comprises an extremely complex conversion requiring the incorporation of 72 airframe and avionics modifications.
With the successful delivery of the first HH-60G aircraft, SES and its team of subcontractors have provided the Air Force a means to economically replace CSAR aircraft lost in combat that directly benefits our men and women serving in harm's way.